The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town, West Kingston; Mount Salem and Norwood in St. James; Greenwich Town and August Town in St. Andrew, have been extended for a further 60 days.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 20, approved five Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.
Dr. Chang said the request for extension is intended to guarantee a continuation of the significant work that is being done within the Zones.
Chang noted that the is no debated against the Zones of Special Operations’ effectiveness.
He states that the ‘clear-hold-build’ principle that undergirds this measure has undoubtedly impacted the lives of the residents of these communities.
Chang says, that the Zones of Special Operations have been a successful tool for restoring order. As it has reduced criminal violence and reprisals and has created a safe environment for social and infrastructural development.
“The Government will continue to utilise the appropriate tools and implement the necessary policies and programmes to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of the people of Jamaica,” Dr. Chang.
He says the Government will not compromise, deliberate, or negotiate on this matter.
Minister Chang emphasised that the Government condemns all acts of criminal violence; whether it be inter-gang conflict, intimate partner violence, or domestic-related violence, and warned that they will be met with the full force of the law.
Dr. Chang noted that Jamaica has one of the most robust Constitutions, and a Charter of Rights that guarantees the protection of the rights of people.